It’s officially the holiday season. We celebrated Thanksgiving a week early since I’m visiting my parents in Dallas, so I feel like I’ve already moved past Turkey Day and am ready for Christmas.
Have you shopped for holiday gifts yet? I haven’t even started!
I personally despise holiday shopping. I can’t stand the crowds and the chaos. However it’s so easy for me now because I just order everything on Amazon. With the internet, I can skip the malls and do my shopping with my feet up and a cup of tea. Just click add to cart and ship and you’re done!
I signed up for Amazon Prime membership years ago. For only $75 per year, you get free shipping all year long. I figure it pays for itself just in gas, not to mention the time you waste schlepping around town to buy things. Heck, $75 is more than worth it if I don’t have to go in a mall during the holiday season.
In this post, I’ll share some wonderful gifts your loved ones will enjoy — and that will benefit their health. And yes, all of these gifts are eligible for Amazon Prime membership — which means free shipping after you pay the $75.
Maybe you’re looking for a little something for the postman or the babysitter, or you need the perfect gift for your sister or grandmother. I like to get gifts for people that they wouldn’t normally buy for themselves. Luxuries like foie gras or caviar or aromatherapy candles, or gorgeous yet inexpensive pieces of Le Creuset.
You may also want to email a link to this post to your significant other so they know what to get you. Or, even better, make a wish list on Amazon. (Here’s a link to my Amazon wish list.) My family has been using Amazon wish lists to make the holidays easier for almost 15 years.
I hope this list inspires you to get cracking on that holiday shopping! Oh, and if you’re on a budget, I’ll be publishing a list of ideas for homemade gifts soon. Stay tuned!
Gifts Under $30
1. Wild Smoked Salmon Caviar
Alaska Smokehouse Wild Smoked Salmon Caviar – This smoked salmon caviar would make a great gift for a foodie. I love salmon roe on toast or crackers, or even on deviled eggs. You can also get some and serve on hors d’oeuvres at holiday parties.
2. Holiday-Scented Aromatherapy Candle
Illume Oversized Metallic Tin Candle Balsam & Cedar – I love these Illume candles! I bought the pumpkin scented one and it is heavenly. I keep it on my kitchen counter and I love how the house smells. I’m going to get another to put next to the bathtub. Unlike most candles made with cloying, synthetic fragrances, these candles are made with essential oils. They burn for 50 hours.
3. Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife
Victorinox 40520 Fibrox 8-Inch Chef’s Knife – Everyone needs a great chef’s knife. If you know someone who doesn’t have one (it might even be you), they need to get this knife. It’s very cheap and it’s a top-of-the-line, very highly rated chef’s knife. It’s one of those things you’ll use for a lifetime and it will make your time in the kitchen so pleasurable.
4. Pure Fiji Body Lotion
Pure Fiji Body Lotion – While I am not normally an advocate of body lotions because they are usually made of crappy ingredients, this is the exception. This lotion is made with coconut milk and it smells just like a Hawaiian vacation. I got my first bottle of this stuff this spring on a spa holiday in Palm Springs, and I’m addicted to it now. I use a combination of this and coconut oil when I get out of the shower. I love coconut oil as a moisturizer, but combined with this lotion, you will feel like you’re on vacation every day.
Gifts Under $50
5. Hamilton Beach Crock Pot
Hamilton Beach 33967 Set ‘n Forget 6-Quart Programmable Slow Cooker – My favorite crock pot! I actually own three. This is the only crock pot I know of that is lead-free.
If you know someone who is into real food, they will love you if you get them one of these babies! I use mine to make chicken, beef and fish stock, as well as stews, chili, slow-cooked briskets and roasts, and even homemade yogurt and apple butter.
6. Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Dish
Le Creuset Stoneware Butter Dish, Red – Nothing cheers up your dinner table like this butter dish. It’s inexpensive, colorful and so durable. This would make the perfect gift for any butter lover in your life.
7. Le Creuset Stoneware Pitcher
Le Creuset Stoneware 2-Quart Pitcher – I adore this pitcher. It’s perfect for raw milk, kefir, or a batch of smoothies. My mother-in-law makes my father-in-law (he’s almost 80) a kefir smoothie every few days to help with his digestion and make sure he gets his coconut oil. She keeps it in a pitcher and he just pours it for himself every morning.
I also love to use this pitcher for herbal iced tea or fresh coconut mint water in summertime. And it’s fancy enough to put on the table when you’re entertaining.
Gifts Under $100
8. Norpro Grain Mill and Oat Flaker
Norpro Grain Mill and Oat Flaker – I just bought one of these and I can’t tell you how much I love it. Sure, there are fancier oat rollers out there, but this one gets the job done and it’s not expensive. I also bought some sprouted whole oats (see my resources page for sources) and we now flake oats in the morning for freshly rolled oats. No soaking required! (You can soak overnight if you want them to be even more nutritious).
The problem with almost all store-bought oatmeal is that after oats are flaked, they lose all their nutrition (similar to grinding wheat). On top of that, they’re heat-treated so they don’t rancid. So they are essentially a dead product. I also find that the freshly rolled oats taste a million times better. And an added bonus: this is going to make the process of making oatmeal cookies a whole lot easier!
9. Stainless Steel Rice Cooker
Stainless Steel Rice Cooker - How awesome is this? A rice cooker with a stainless steel bowl. This is actually what I want for Christmas. I have a Zojirushi which I love, but I don’t like the teflon bowl.
10. Boos Block Cutting Board
John Boos Reversible Maple Cutting Board – There are cutting boards, and then there are cutting boards. This is the cutting board I lust after. Considering that we use cutting boards every single day of our lives, shouldn’t we get the cutting board we dream of? I think so. This baby’s on my wish list.
What About You?
What’s on your wish list this year? Share in the comments below.